DISABILITY ACCESS: Empowering Tribal Members with Disabilities & Their Families
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First things first --- do you (your child) have a disability or not?
For Social Security to get disability income payments you must not be able to do the work you did before and not be able to do other work. AND it is expected that you will continue to be unable to work for at least a year or that you will die.(Despite the fact that makes you think, "Gee, those Social Security folks must be a real barrel of laughs!" we have actually found them to be pretty nice and easy to work with.)
Depending on what type of disability you have, you may be able to receive services or assistance from some places and not others. Don't give up.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): This is a cash benefit to persons with disabilities. It is around $550 per month, but is different across states. There is a cost of living increase each year. The individual must qualify based on both disability and income. To be eligible, a child must have a "marked and severe" functional limitation from a physical or mental condition. While children may qualify due to disability, it is possible they may not get benefits, or get lower benefits, if the parents have a high income or substantial property.
Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) This is a cash benefit to disabled workers and sometimes their dependent children. The amount depends on how long the worker paid into the social security system.
Apply for SSI or SSDI - At your local Social Security Administration office. You can call the Social Security office Monday through Friday, toll-free from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Central Time) at 1-800-772-1213. Individuals who are hearing impaired and need a TTY machine should call 1-800-325-0778.
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) provides cash benefits to families with dependent children. Eligibility is based on income, not disability. TANF rules differ by state. Some states consider raising a child with a disability a "hardship" that will waive some requirements. Apply for TANF at your local welfare office.
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